BBC Slam Champion Sophia Walker is an internationally renowned poet and teaching artist. 2015 UK representative for the World Slam Championships, 2015 London Slam Champion, winner of the 2012 Poetry Olympics, and the Edinburgh International Book Festival Improv Slam, among other titles, she represents the UK for the World Queer Slam, where she has previously ranked third.
Sophia has performed everywhere from Holyrood, the Scottish Parliament, to Royal Holloway Prison, with a TEDx talk for London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in between. She is the host and organiser of the annual BBC Slam Championship, now viewed by many as the most prestigious slam on the UK circuit. Her poems have aired on BBC iplayer, BBC Arts, Radio 4, Franceinter and stations across the US, India, Singapore, Vietnam, Italy and Ireland.
Sophia also writes plays in spoken word. These solo shows have toured through theatres in the UK and internationally to critical acclaim, winning Best UK Spoken Word Show 2014, Best Spoken Word Show on the Edinburgh Free Fringe in 2013 and 2014, and Best Cast for a Spoken Word Show on the Edinburgh Free Fringe 2015 (for a six character solo show). Sophia is annually shortlisted for Best UK Spoken Word Performer, coming second only to Kate Tempest in 2014 and Hollie McNish in 2015.
Her debut poetry collection Opposite the Tourbus was published in 2014, and was shortlisted for the Reader’s Choice section of The Guardian’s First Book Award. She was called “a highlight of the list”.